Do not be dishearten!


Have you ever tried to share your faith with someone and came up with negative results? Did you start to question yourself and your calling? Did you feel that nothing you could say or do would change the heart of that person or group of people? Please do not get disheartened! Sometimes it is not your fault that someone’s heart is hardened to hearing the Gospel. When times like this come to my mind I am reminded of the story of Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. In this piece of Scripture, there was a rich man whose heart was far away from God and he was self-observed. Then, there was another man, a beggar, that sought the scraps of the rich man. Both men died and Lazarus went to heaven and the rich man went to hell. At that point, it was too late. The rich man was stuck in hell because of his attitudes and actions, while Lazarus was being placed in the bosom of Abraham (Luke 16:23).
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Get up and go!


Sometimes God needs us to move in faith, which allows Him to respond to us with His blessings. You see, sometimes the circumstances we allow ourselves to stay in affects our perception on how things should be. When you stay surrounded by negativity or sinful people, those surroundings become your normal and you basically tie God’s hands from releasing His full blessings in your life. This is why it is important to humble yourself before the Lord and listen to His whisper. He may be telling you to move and you are choosing to stay where you are at because you may miss someone or something. A perfect biblical example of this is found in Genesis 12:1-4. God reveals Himself to Abram and tells him to go away from his country, to move away from his relatives, and if Abram would respond to this calling “in faith,” He would show him the land (the blessings God had in store for him). In essence, God was telling Abram to “get up and go” in Genesis 12:1-4.
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Walk like Enoch


The fifth chapter of the Book of Genesis identifies the descendants of Adam. Notice as the genealogy is written, each descendant of Adam “lived” and then “died.” However, the Holy Spirit illuminates the seventh from Adam (Enoch). What makes him different from the rest of the descendants of Adam is the focus of this message. Enoch simply did not live and then die. Enoch “walked” with God and then was taken away. This means that he was taken by God to a better place without dying. Now, how this happened can strengthen our faith if we can follow three lessons from Enoch’s life.
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Do not be a Pharisee…


In Luke 11:23, Jesus teaches us that the people who are not with Him are against Him. This is a very humbling proclamation to understand in our daily Christian walk. Often times, we all have a habit of not fully practicing what we preach. It is within our sin nature, however, this is not a reason to justify our actions. Jesus also teaches us that the people who hear the Word of God and practice it are truly blessed (Luke 11:28). A perfect example of what not to do is to look into the lives of the Pharisees. Time after time, Jesus had to rebuke them because they held on to manmade traditions instead of obeying God’s Law. They were experts of religious law but they could not practice the standards that they placed on others.
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Can you finish what Christ started?


It is written, “Whoever does not carry his own cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow after Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me] cannot be My disciple. 28 For which one of you, when he wants to build a watchtower [for his guards], does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to finish it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is unable to finish [the building], all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’,” (Luke 14:27-30, AMP).
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